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Windham, VT: Claudia West

  • Fourth Corner Foundation 578 Hitchcock Hill Road Windham, VT, 05359 United States (map)

Designing Native and Ecological Plant Communities (5 hour workshop)

Functional and ecological plantings, such as rain gardens and meadows, are gaining on popularity but also face severe challenges. It is time for a new approach -- a plant community-based method which has evolved in the world of ecological science. Join us for this day long workshop as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better planting. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in an actual planting project at the Fourth Corner Foundation. 

About Claudia

Having grown up on a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland and immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. 

Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade. 

The workshop will be held at the Fourth Corner Foundation, a three acre non-profit garden whose mission is to promote sustainable design by creating a place for interested parties to gather and discuss ideas.


Schedule of the Day:

8:30 am Gather & Sign In

9:00 am The Day Begins!

Principles of Designed Plant Communities

Levels of Sociability

Plant Community Layers

Design and Installation Process

Layered Planting Design

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break (included in registration)

Design Exercises on site at Fourth Corner Foundation gardens

4:00 pm Adjourn

Earlier Event: June 3
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Later Event: June 23
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